Sep 03
September 2020

We're baaaack…..

Welcome back to school!! We are thrilled to have students return to school – it was a lonely and quiet place in the spring.

This year, as you are well aware, is a bit strange, and students may feel nervous about returning to school. Staff have worked hard to prepare for students, and we will continue to make health and safety a priority. We have many new procedures in place to address health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, and staff will be supporting students to learn these over the coming weeks. Most importantly for us, is normalizing this experience for kids, and giving them power through knowledge. Life can be scary when things are unknown, and helping student learn the 'why' behind our actions, will hopefully, alleviate some nerves. More than ever, our strong relationships will be critical – we are one big family and we will do our best to take care of your children.​

If you have not done so already, please take the time to read our school re-entry plan. This outlines specific health and safety measures that we are putting into place at B & B. Please pay particular attention to the sections on student illness – there will be zero tolerance for students/staff/visitors displaying COVID-19 like symptoms at school. We need to be mindful of the health of our building, and ask that you respect these expectations. Remember, we take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of our fantastic school.

While classrooms and common areas may look different this year, staff will continue to provide rich learning experiences for students. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher with questions– they are your first point of contact.

Please check the school website and watch for the weekly Banting Bulletin for all the happenings. And as always, reach out anytime!

On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2020/21 school year! It's going to be a fantastic year!

Respectfully,​

Payal Tuli, Principal


Jul 15
June Update

As the school year comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to thank you for a tremendous year. Although it didn’t end in a way that any of us could have imagined, I continue to be impressed with the perseverance and flexibility that our staff, students and families demonstrated during our period of online learning. It felt like we were adrift on the ocean – at times, there were calm seas and at other times, it felt like we were facing down the biggest wave ever. But in true B and B style, this community put their heads down, leaned in and rode that wave like a pro-surfer!  Without getting too sappy (you know that I do have a flair for the dramatic!), I wanted to extend a few special thank yous:

B & B students – thank you for continuing to work hard, even during uncertain times. I know that these were scary and crazy times, but you all handled things like I never could have imagined. I am so proud of all of the hard work and the growth that you have shown since September and I can’t wait to see all of you – in person!! – in September!

B & B families – thank you for taking on the challenging work of supporting learning at home. I know that it was not easy and some days you questioned who these children in your house were!  

B & B staff – thank you for your flexibility and your ability to adjust everything in such a short period of time. I appreciate your willingness to be learners of new technology, and your willingness to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of your students.

To those staff and students who are leaving us – best of luck on your new adventures!

I hope that everyone enjoys a well-deserved summer break! Take time to rest, relax and recharge – it’s going to be an interesting fall!

Payal Tuli, Principal

Apr 09
April Update

Hello B and B families!

Thank you for your patience as we work through our new ways of teaching and learning. I am very proud of the work that our staff has done to support families in moving learning forward. We recognize that these are very challenging times, and our goal is to provide activities for students that are purposeful, while being a reasonable ask of families. 

The Government has determined that this should be about 5 hours of work a week – some families may choose to do more or less. Please determine what works best for your family. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the learning or need other supports, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

No one could have imagined what school would look like after Spring Break. We are in unprecedented times, and we are all trying to piece together what our new normal will be. The school is not the same without the hustle and bustle, and we miss our daily interactions with students and families.

By now, the excitement of classes being cancelled has probably worn off, and everyone is starting to go a bit stir crazy – I know that this is the case at my house. But, if we flip our thinking, and instead of focussing on what’s bad about being at home, focus on what’s great about it. 

Where can you find gratitude in your daily activities? Is it the sun shining outside? The first blooms of spring? The rabbits turning brown? The chance to reconnect with family and strengthen those relationships? When we focus on what’s good, our entire perspective shifts.

Gratefully yours, 


Payal Tuli, Principal

Oct 31
How Do We Foster Resilience?

November:
the last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected

We talk a lot in school about risk-taking, and moving out of our comfort zones. 

There is a vast body of research that supports having a growth mindset and the changes in our brains when we try, fail and try again. But what does this actually look like on a daily basis? 

Are we just letting students fail on purpose? The easy answer is no! Part of the work of schools is encouraging students to work with challenges and develop the skills to be resilient – to be able to bounce back from stumbles. In general, children do much better with this than adults.  

The question is, how do we build resilient children? The foundation must start with adults who believe in them and set high expectations. In his book, “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings.” Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg identifies the 7C’s of resilience: 

  • Competence – knowing that you can handle a situation effectively
  • Confidence – a child’s belief that they are competent
  • Connection – developing close ties with family and the community, and drawing strength from these connections
  • Character – having a strong sense of right and wrong, as well as strong morals and values
  • Contribution – a child’s understanding that the world is a better place because they are in it
  • Coping – learning to cope with the stresses of life to be able to overcome challenges
  • Control – children who realize the casual relationship between decisions and actions are more likely to bounce back 
Resiliency is not a simple notion; it involves a complex set of skills that need to be fostered and supported over the course of a lifetime. As parents and teachers, we work with children to develop these skills every day. As much as we would like to protect our children from the stress, fear and uncertainty of the world, the reality is, we cannot. 

The best that we can do is to be role models for our children and help them to view challenges as opportunities for growth. And who knows, maybe some of their resiliency will rub off on us! I invite you to read more about Dr. Ginsburg’s work and how parents can build resiliency at:
http://www.fosteringresilience.com/7cs_parents.php

Payal Tuli, Principal 

Aug 30
Welcome Back to School!!!

​The start of a new school year is an exciting time. As a child, I always loved the start of school and the opportunities that going back to school presented – the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones; the opportunity to learn, explore and challenge myself to try new things; the opportunity to have a fresh start, to begin again. And let’s admit it, I loved shopping for all of my new school supplies and especially my new lunch kit (I think my favourite was Fraggle Rock – Google it ). 

But this year, I feel a bit different. I’m nervous, and worried and a bit anxious. For the first time, I have a child starting school – my daughter is starting Kindergarten this year. My excitement of a new year is clouded by this, and quite honestly, I’m a bit of a mess! Hands up if this is you… My mama brain is worried, but my educator brain knows that everything will be alright. Teachers are a unique breed of people – the capacity of their hearts to show kindness, love and caring is huge. Your babies become their babies. They will love them as much as you do; take them into their hearts and make them feel at home. Picture a mother duck and her ducklings – that is what happens in schools. It all comes down to kindness and connections. 

The school looks amazing! Mr. Vik, our new Facility Operator, has worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that the building is ready for students. Staff have been working hard, getting classrooms ready. We have some brilliant spaces and some fantastic plans in the works for this year. And we can’t wait to share all of this excitement with you. Please make sure you are checking the school website, The Banting Bulletin, our Twitter feed (@bantingbestcbe) and of course, backpacks, for updated information of the happenings. 

On behalf of the staff, welcome to the 2019/2020 school year! It’s going to be a tremendous year! 

Respectfully, 
Payal Tuli, Principal 

Jun 27
Thank you for a tremendous year!

Dear Banting and Best Students and Families:

On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank you for a tremendous year! Staff have been amazed at the growth that we have seen from all students and feel fortunate to have been a part of each child’s learning journey this year.

Our enrollment numbers continue to change, and we continue to make changes to class placements. I anticipate that further changes may be necessary until the end of September. Class lists will be posted at the front door on August 26, 27, and 28th from 9am – 2pm. Bussing maps will also be available at this time; you can also access them via the CBE website, under Transportation.

If your family is planning to move out of our area, please email bantingandbest@cbe.ab.ca to let us know.

The school office will be closed for summer break at 1:00 PM on June 28.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy and restful summer break! See you on Tuesday, September 3 at 8:10 AM!!

 

Respectfully,

Payal Tuli                                                     
Principal

Jun 14
June 17, 2019

It may be June, but we are still engaged in learning until the end of the year

Please send sunscreen, a hat and a water bottle with your child.  

We are looking for volunteers for Sports Day on Friday, June 21st. If you have an up to date security clearance and are available that day, please give us a call in the office. 

PARKING – We are having ongoing issue with people parking in the bus zone. Please remember that there is no parking from the crosswalk to the entrance to the staff parking lot, and absolutely no parent parking in the staff lot. Thanks for choosing safety over convenience. 

Our Lost and Found is overrun! Please remind kids to check for lost belongings. Anything not claimed will be donated. 

This Week’s Activities: 
Fun Lunch – Wednesday
Sports Day – Friday  

Payal Tuli Michelle Dodd
Principal Assistant Principal 

May 09
Spring is in the Air!
I don’t want to jinx things, but Spring may have finally arrived!

This is typically a busy time for schools, as we begin our planning for the next school year. With the recent election however, our plans have stalled a bit. As I write this message, we are still waiting for our school based budgets to be released. Without a budget, decisions around teaching staff, classroom organization and class lists are on hold. We are also waiting to hear if we will continue to offer full day kindergarten. As soon as we know, we will share this information with families. 

To help with our planning, if you know that your family will be leaving the Banting community, please let the office know.

Our Spring Celebration on May 23. There will be two shows – 1:30 and 6:30, with an Art Walk beforehand. We hope to see everyone there!

Payal Tuli
Principal  ​

Mar 04
Planning for Next Year Starts in March

It seems like we will never be rid of winter or the polar vortex; we have spent more days inside than I care to count. The impact of the weather on students and staff is apparent – we are all cranky and are in desperate need of warmer weather! Hopefully spring will be upon us soon and everyone can get some fresh air!

It’s hard to believe that it is already March - it may seem like only four more months of school, but there is a still a tremendous amount of learning to happen! Students in all grades have been actively engaged in learning activities, and if you’ve been following us on Twitter (@BantingBestCBE), you’ll have seen some of the excellent work that they are producing. Students will have the opportunity to share their work with their families at our Student Led conferences on March 21 and 22.

March is also the start of our planning for next year. Every year we receive projections for student enrollment, and this is what we base our school based budget and staffing compliment on. While it is still early in the process, having an accurate student count helps us to best plan for the fall. If you have children that will be starting school, or you anticipate moving out of our boundaries, please let the office know.

Payal Tuli
Principal ​

Feb 01
February 2019
Choose to Be Kind in February (and EVERY DAY!) 
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It’s hard to believe that we are already into February! We have successfully completed 50% of the year – the progress that we have seen in all students is remarkable; every student in the building has demonstrated personal growth and staff are very proud of their accomplishments. Although formal reporting opportunities happen twice a year, teachers are continuously assessing students to measure growth, hone in on areas that need further development and provide extension activities where needed. At B & B, we aim to have face to face learning opportunities with families every 10 weeks or so. Our next event is our first annual Math Night on February 13 from 6-7:30pm. Families are invited to join us at school for an evening of fun and engaging math games that will help students further develop their numeracy skills. While this is not a formal conference, it is a fantastic opportunity for parents to see how their children work with numbers and have a variety of games to play at home to further build skills. Each family will have a package of game instructions, dice and cards to take home to continue the fun! In conjunction with Math Night, we will also be having a clothing ‘sale’. We were lucky enough to have some winter clothing donations, and we just don’t have the space to store them all. Families are welcome to take what they need – and with the Polar Vortex heading our way, warm, winter clothes are going to be a must!

February is also synonymous with all things love, and classes will have Valentine’s Day parties before the Family Day long weekend. We are also going to dig into our focus on “Choose Kind” with a kindness challenge! Students will be given a Kindness Bingo board– each square will be a kind deed that they need to complete, either at home or at school, to demonstrate their kindness. We have a big celebration planned for February 27th, which is Pink Shirt Day. We hope to spread kindness like confetti and make our great school even better!

Stay warm friends!

Payal Tuli
Principal

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